Everyone needs to have hopes.
However, it is more important for one to fulfill one’s hopes and turn them into facts.
Otherwise, those hopes will be just like the dreams of someone who lives only in an ivory tower.
They will always be just hopes.
If one wishes to replace the oars with some mechanical devices
In sailing a boat,
One needs to be equipped with enough money to purchase those mechanical devices.
Otherwise, one would have no choice but to diligently use one’s own hands to power the boat.
It is a pity that the most common practice of people in the world
Is too reluctant to make use of their own hands.
They would rather entirely rely on “waiting for the moment of becoming rich” to come.
Consequently, most of the useful times in their lives
Are wasted in the emptiness of “waiting.”
If the “Way” of Buddhism is compared to a very lengthy set of stairs,
Then “Practicing Buddhism” is to patiently
Climb the stairs step by step.